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New Publication from Chiefs for Change on ESSA and Evidence

New Publication from Chiefs for Change on ESSA and Evidence on how they recommend states use Titles I and II. Read More >

Testimony Regarding the FY2018 Education Expense Plan

United Federation of Teachers Vice President of Special Education Carmen Alvarez testifies before the New York City Council Committee on Education on the FY2018 education expense plan. During her testimony, she talks about protecting public schools, investing in community schools, and advocating for many different programs in New York. Read More >

New York Awards $78 Million to Support School Initiatives

New York State is directing more than $78 million towards programs meant to expand the role of schools in their student's lives. Community schools in the state could see an impact because of this. Read More >

Community School Model Bill Advances in Atlanta

Senate Bill 30 outlines a pilot program that would bring faith-based groups, businesses, and philanthropies together to provide food, tutoring and medical services to improve the educational environments of struggling schools. Read More >

Afterschool Programs Work

The evidence is clear: 21st Century Community Learning Centers across the country help our students reach their full potential and improves student achievement. Read More >

Breakdowns by State of the Funding Schools Receive for Medicaid

Breakdowns by state of the funding schools receive for Medicaid. Read More >

Community schools formally added to Baltimore schools portfolio

The Baltimore city school board approved a policy on October 24, 2016 that will formally add "community schools" which for years have been providing intensive wraparound services to city students – to the district's portfolio. The policy, which advocates have championed for years, creates a definition of the model and a framework for how they should run in the city. The policy also codifies the formal application process to operate under the designation and sets up a citywide steering committee Read More >

ESSA May Offer Megaphone for Parent, Community Voices

Advocates for parent and community engagement see the newly revised federal K-12 law as an opportunity to expand their impact on states' academic goals, plans for school improvement, and other areas of policy. Quotes from Marty Blank, Director of the Coalition for Community Schools, highlight the importance of community members engaging with the ESSA planning process as power is devolved to the local level. He calls the bill a “clarion call for our folks to step up”. Read More >

New York State sets a $250 Million Dollar goal for community schools funding

In New York some parents and lawmakers are seeking a greater investment on top of Gov. Cuomo's pitched $100 million community schools initiative. Assembly Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan, the Alliance for Quality Education and others are pushing for a $250 million investment. At the same time, Nolan said state budget language could force the department to provide greater oversight of parent involvement and family engagement. Read More >

ESSA Commentary from Marty Blank featured in Washington Post

President of IEL publishes commentary: 'Is a new day really dawning with No Child Left Behind’s successor law?'. He explains that the new Every Student Succeeds Act differs significantly from its discredited predecessor, No Child Left Behind, creating opportunity. The post details six concrete changes and why they are promising- including more local control, less standardized testing, comprehensive supports, stakeholder and family engagement, community partnerships and equitable budget reviews. Read More >

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